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John Thomas Christian, American civil engineer. Achievements include development of computer applications for geotechnical engineering, including finite element methods and scope stability; development of probabilistic methods for earthquake and geotechnical engineering. National Science Foundation fellow, 1963-1966.

Background

Christian, John Thomas was born on November 2, 1936 in New York City. Son of Thomas Douglas and Evelyn Catherine (Maestri) Christian.

Education

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1958. Master of Science in Civil Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1959. Doctor of Philosophy in Civil Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1966.

Career

Assistant professor сivil engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, 1966-1970;associate professor сivil engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, 1970-1973;consultant geotechnology division, Stone & Webster Engineering Corporation, Boston, 1973-1976; construction engineering, Stone & Webster Engineering Corporation, Boston, 1976-1980;senior construction engineering, Stone & Webster Engineering Corporation, Boston, 1980-1989;vice president, Stone & Webster Engineering Corporation, Boston, since 1989;executive vice president, Stone & Webster Advanced Systems Development Superior vena cava syndrome, Boston, 1989-1992. Member engineering accreditation committee Accreditation Board for Engineering & Technology, New York City, since 1984, chairman 1990-1991. Member of advisory board seismic group Electric Power Research Institute, Palo Alto, California, National Center for Earthquake Engineering Research, Buffalo, New York, Massachusetts Board Building Regulations and Standards, Boston.

Member visiting committee for сivil engineering U. N.H., Durham, PrincetonU., New Jersey, University Texas, Austin.

Achievements

  • Achievements include development of computer applications for geotechnical engineering, including finite element methods and scope stability. Development of probabilistic methods for earthquake and geotechnical engineering.

Works

Membership

Volunteer speaker Boston public schools, since 1986. Reader Recordings for the Blind, Cambridge, 1990-1997. Lieutenant United States Air Force, 1959-1963.

Honorary member American Society Civil Engineers, 2001 (chairman geotechnology engineering division 1985-1986, various committees). Member International Society Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering, Earthquake Engineering Research Institute, Seismological Society of America, Association for Computing Machinery, Boston Society Civil Engineers (honorary member, Desmond Fitzgerald medal 1973, chairman computer group), National Academy of Engineering, 1999.

Connections

Married Lynda Ballou Gregorian, June 8, 1960. Children: Douglas Arthur, Shirin Lynda.

father:
Thomas Douglas Christian

mother:
Evelyn Catherine (Maestri) Christian

spouse:
Lynda Ballou Gregorian

child:
Douglas Arthur Christian

child:
Shirin Lynda Christian